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Heston Blumenthal (1966-), Chef and restaurateur

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Born in West London but later brought up in the countryside Blumenthal's love of food stemmed from a visit to France he made with his family as teenager in 1982 . Although he spent one week training at Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir in Oxfordshire, he was mostly self-taught. In 1995 Blumenthal opened The Fat Duck in a 450-year-old pub in Bray, Berkshire. His collaboration with Dr Peter Barham working with the science of cooking or 'Molecular Gastronomy' began in 1999. In 2001, Blumenthal made TV series Kitchen Chemistry and published Family Food , which won several awards. In 2004 The Fat Duck was awarded its third Michelin Star and in 2005 was voted Best Restaurant in the World by Restaurant Magazine.

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Heston Blumenthal

by Laurie Fletcher
digital C-type colour print, 19 January 2004
NPG x126323